by Sunny Layne
VINTON (KWWL) -- Each Friday and Saturday night at the Palace Theater in Vinton you'll find the smell of popcorn the anticipation of a great movie and a friendly familiar face. The face belongs to ticket-taker Dottie Riepe, but moviegoers simply call her "Dottie the Ticket Lady."
"I've always done tickets - figure I'm too short for the concession stand," Riepe explained.
For ten years Dottie has come to sell tickets, hold tickets, and help moviegoers save seats. And the retired secretary does it all for free.
"People who know her and expect to see her behind the box office Friday and Saturday. Just a comfort and enjoyable to see her every weekend," Theater Manager Marcy Horst said.
Over the years, Dottie has learned more than faces and names. She's also learned the habits of theater regulars.
"People come in all the time and you get to know where they sit and you make lots of friends," Dottie said.
Historically, people have gathered in theaters to enjoy the movies together. And in Vinton's Palace Theater, Dottie Riepe has the winning ticket.
The Palace Theater relies almost entirely on volunteers. The seat-savers cost $0.50 and all proceeds go to scholarships for high school students.
Online Reporter: Sunny Layne